It feels a tiny bit strange to be back. I’m sort of hoping I can just sneak back into blogging while everyone’s backs are turned and pretend I’ve never been away. I’m not great at dramatic entrances!
This summer has been a break in a few ways:
- Blogging (oh it has been lovely, but I missed it eventually!).
- The normal routine of school and work. (No one told our children about lie-ins though).
- Facebook (I may go back, I’m not sure).
- The book I am writing (I’ll tell you more about this soon!).
- Cutting Dan’s toenails (this was unintentional – I only just noticed them. *shudder*).
- We even took a Sunday off church and told stories about Jesus on the beach. (Is it wrong that it was my favourite Sunday in years?!).
There have been some new things:
- We managed two nights away with the kids for the first time in four years. Mikey took a distressed hour before he agreed to go up to his holiday bedroom but once he was in he was very happy. Kind friends and my lovely sister in law made it a really special time.
- We bought a retired RAC van which we are going to convert into a camper van. She’s called Blossom (which makes sense when you see the number plate) and I love her more than I expected.
- We put our house on the market when we saw a house that might make life a lot more manageable. BUT no one wants our beautiful weavers’ cottage! This has turned me into the kind of person who whispers “butt-heads” while I try to work out what’s putting people off!
- I got the kids addicted to their first anime. I’m terribly proud and we have fun complimenting each other’s bamboo. I think Dave might be a bit relieved to be going back to work.
- Dan and Jemima loved going on a Gromit hunt when we visited my family in Bristol. I loved seeing two that my eldest sister Ruth had created.
- I got my first oblique nib holder and have been really enjoying trying to learn Copperplate calligraphy (but rather frustrated by my slow progress!).
Plenty has stayed the same:
- My addiction to salt and vinegar squares.
- Jemima’s exhausting emotions.
- Mikey listening to Christmas music every single morning.
- Dan’s obsession with football and all things Manchester United.
- Our grateful use of screens to give ourselves a bit of a break from the fights and nagging!
- Dave’s willingness to take Mikey on a million drives so he could tick off his ‘go on the motorway’ request from the holiday wish list.
I consider this summer a big success. Last summer ended with me visiting the GP and asking for help (and most school holidays mark a dip in my mental health), but this time I am doing OK. I am feeling sad about sad things and frustrated about frustrating things but I don’t feel as though I am ready to give up. That’s pretty good, right?!
How was your summer?
What are your breakish things, new things and same things?